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Classic fall weather has settled in over the Philadelphia region, adding a touch of beauty to SEPTA riders' commutes as trees trade in their drab green summer leaves for colorful mixes of yellows, oranges and reds.

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The Port of Quincy, Wash., recently held a Rural Freight Mobility Summit. More than 70 agricultural, food processing, railroad, trucking, ocean cargo, economic development, warehousing and distribution leaders attended the summit, which primarily focused on freight mobility and transportation issues (intermodal, distribution, rail and trucking issues) impacting perishable shippers in North Central Washington and the Columbia Basin of Washington State.

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Some Cary, N.C., residents are unhappy with a bit of gardening that CSX Transportation did near its railroad last month, the Cary News reports. Workers came through with a large machine and tore apart trees along several stretches of rail in Cary, residents say.

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Responding to a Chicago Tribune story that raised questions about the level of diesel emissions on downtown platforms and onboard trains, Metra on Tuesday said it has hired an independent firm to conduct tests and is forming a task force to investigate the problem and propose new ways to improve the air quality.
 

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The Honorable Rob Merrifield, Minister of State (Transport) and David Hoff, a member of VIA Rail's Board of Directors announced an investment of C$5.1 million in VIA Rail's Heritage train station in Vancouver. They were joined at the city's Pacific Central Station by Gregor Robertson, the Mayor of Vancouver.

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Union Pacific will increase its capital spending by 25 percent to $3.25 billion in 2011, the Journal of Commerce reports. UP capital expenditures in 2010 totaled $2.6 billion.


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Urban planners and promoters of light rail often cite the 52-mile MAX light-rail system in Portland, Ore., for generating several billion dollars of real estate development around its stations since it began operating in 1986, The Virginian-Pilot
 reports. In Charlotte, N.C., where the 9.6-mile Lynx light-rail system opened in 2007, development has been more restrained, though that may be a reflection of the economy.

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New York City's most-beloved galaxy, the constellation ceiling above Grand Central Terminal's Main Concourse, came alive recently with new luminosity in the form of light-emitting diodes. Fifty-nine of the brightest stars in the winter sky, such as Castor and Pollux in Gemini and Rigel in Orion, were turned on Nov. 8 now that MTA Metro-North Railroad, steward of the Terminal, has completed installation of new fixtures.

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The well-known telephone number 1.800.COMMUTE, funded by Caltrans for transportation information in Los Angeles County, is being discontinued. Metro will now provide bus and rail information through a new easy-to-remember number 323.GO.METRO.

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All Metrorail stations opened on time Nov. 8 after successful track projects that took place during the weekend. 

This past weekend, Metro made preliminary repairs to the stabilize the ground, the abutment and aerial structure outside the Cheverly Metrorail station because a developer performed work on land adjacent to Metro property that shifted the ground and caused movement of Metro's aerial structure.


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